Though outclassed by the TCL 6 series in both price and performance, the 65-inch Vizio M-Series ($898 at Walmart) offers full-array local dimming, a bright high-dynamic range (HDR) image and superior smart home connectivity via its built-in Chromecast.
CNET's David Katzmaier says the Vizio P-Series offers "excellent picture for the money," with deep blacks, rich contrast, plenty of brightness and excellent video processing. The true 120Hz refresh rate input, meanwhile, is a welcome feature for gamers.
If you like smart TV, you'll want to buy a Roku with this one
While the Vizio P-Series delivers the best picture you can afford without going OLED, the built-in Chromecast smart television interface leaves something to be desired. The 55-inch Vizio P55-F1 is available through Walmart for $798.00.
With minimalist styling that's a cut above budget models (per David Katzmaier's review), deep blacks, accurate color and excellent image quality, the 49-inch XBR-49X900F ($998.00 at Amazon) makes a great choice for Sony loyalists.
The Bravia has one of the best built-in smart TV interfaces
The Sony Bravia XBR-49X900F has Android TV built in, which we find to be a step above what you get with Samsung, LG and Vizio. It responds well to voice commands, too, though it can be slow to respond.
Vizio E-Series (2018)
Praised by David Katzmaier for "the best image quality available in this price range, thanks to local dimming," Vizio's E-Series delivers great contrast, especially in dark rooms.
The biggest knock against the Vizio E-Series is its somewhat outdated, clunky look. And we're not in love with its lackluster, built-in streaming, either. But at $729 for a 65-inch screen, it's still a great budget alternative to the Vizio M-Series and TCL 6 series.
Perfect for those looking for a sleek TV on a small budget, the 4K TCL 5 Series is a definite step up, stylistically, from the less-expensive TCL 4 Series. We also love the simple-to-use Roku smart TV interface.
What's this? A 2017 TV on a list of the best TVs you can buy in 2019? Nope, it's not a mistake. The TCL S405 series offers "good enough" 4K picture quality at the ridiculously inexpensive price of $349.99 for a 55-inch screen.
And the Roku-based user interface is very simple to use, delivering tons of apps that update regularly. Netflix, Amazon Video, Sling TV and others are front-and-center and just a remote shortcut button away.